G. Zetino, Nov. 25, ""It’s about to get easier for self-driving cars to drop off and pick up passengers in Chandler. The city of Chandler, in partnership with Waymo, on Friday unveiled the nation’s first drop-off and pick-up zone for autonomous ride-hailing cars.
Read more Hmmmm… The iconic image:
autonomousTaxi (aTaxi) stop facilitating true ride-sharing to any destination within the autonomous transit system’s Operational Design Domain. The first of what may well become a half million or so others. Each strategically located to be less that a 5 minute walk from essentially any of the billion or so person trip ends that are made on any typical day in the USA (outside of Manhattan (whose subway stations provide the comparable accessibility). Twenty million or so aTaxi vehicles could readily provide on-demand, share-ride mobility from these ~0.5M aTaxi stops. Provided would be essentially the same 24/7 on-demand level-of-service as we do for ourselves with our own conventional automobiles; however, this mobility would be affordably achieved using half the energy, creating half the pollution, eliminating essentially all the congestion, doubling conventional transit ridership and making such improved mobility available to those who today can’t or wish not to drive a conventional automobile. This is a MAJOR 1st. Alain
F. Fishkin, Nov.30, "The critical need for ridesharing, another milestone for Waymo, Mobileye in Michigan and sleeping in Teslas. In this edition of Smart Driving Cars GoKid app founder Stefanie Lemcke joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for those topics and more. Tune in and subscribe!" Just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!". Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay … Alain
M. Kynaston, Nov. 21, "A common complaint during the school year for valley parents is traffic in school zones. Some smartphone apps aim to cut down on school traffic and congestion.
For many parents at Desert Oasis High School, taking their teenager to school can be a nightmare. With Cactus Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard the only major intersection near the high school, some parents told us they wait up to 45 minutes in the drop-off line.
There are several apps now for organizing an old-fashioned carpool.
- Carpool Kids lets you invite friends from your contact list to create a carpool.
- GoKid helps parents find others they may not know in their school community.
- Carpool to School even lets you find classmates nearby for your teen to walk to school with…."
Read more Hmmmm… These are so valuable to improve Average Vehicle Occupancy in the morning and afternoon. Chauffeuring your kid to school in the morning incurs a 0.5 Average Vehicle Occupancy for the round trip: hone->school->back home. Alain
M. Sena, Dec. 2019, "Turning Over Vehicle Infotainment to Tech Titans
How did car navigation and infotainment get mixed up in the US presidential campaign? Ask that question to one of the candidates and they would not know what you were talking about. Ask the question to a CEO of one of the car OEMs, and they would refer you to their governmental affairs office where the path would end. But mixed up it is, and if Elizabeth Warren wins the Democratic nomination and the presidential election, and if she follows through with her promise to voters, the big gold. Continue reading
New Consortium for Self-driving Cars
The AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE COMPUTING CONSORTIUM (AVCC) launched on 9 October at the Arm TechCon 2019 gathering in San Jose, CA, a showcase for ARM HOLDINGS and a meeting place for its customers and co-developers. This industry group includes ARM, BOSCH, CONTINEN-TAL, GM, TOYOTA, NVIDIA, NXP, DENSO and RENESAS (previously NEC ELECTRONICS). Continue reading
Sergio’s Vision Still Guides FCA
SERGIO MARCHIONNE believed that the huge challenges facing the automotive industry ne-cessitated global consolidation. That is why he merged Fiat with Chrysler and formed FCA. That is why he courted Mary Barra of GM, and would have continued doing so if he had not died before he could follow through with his plan. He may have approved of the bid his successor made for Renault, but he probably wouldn’t have settled for second best. Continue reading
The EU wants to know if it is needed
NO, the EU is not having an identity crisis. The question refers to what has been called ‘Connected and Automated Driving’ by the European Commission. To open the new term for the Commission (which has been delayed by a month to the 1st of December due to three of the new Commission’s candidates for posts being rejected by the Parliament), a meeting was organized by the Forum for Mobility and Society on the 13th of November. The title of the event is Connected and Automated Driving: What’s needed from the EU?. Continue reading
Tesla Does the Right Thing with its New Plant
While GM and Ford are closing them and putting people out of work, Tesla is opening new plants. While Amazon is locating its twin headquarters in places where jobs are in abundance (NYC and Arlington, VA), Tesla has located its new battery and vehicle assembly plant in a place where pressures from environmentalists are causing jobs to be lost. Good on ya, Elon, on both counts. Continue reading
A Dispatcher’s Musings: The 95% Solution Myth
Recently, I have been hearing and reading that our private cars are sitting idle 95% of the time. Is it a coincidence that this number, 95, has popped up again? A combination of climate activists and promoters of the sharing economy are using this figure to show how wasteful car ownership is. I did some investigating to find out from where this 95% conclusion was derived. Read more Hmmmm… Enjoy, as usual!!! Alain
A. Li, Nov 21, "Ahead of more and more self-driving cars appearing on the road, Waymo today published an instructional video on how first responders should interact with its autonomous vehicles in case of roadside emergencies.
This instructional video is designed to equip first responders to confidently identify, approach, and interact with Waymo fully self-driving vehicles in a wide range of collision and other emergency scenarios. Not all of the techniques described will be required during every interaction with a Waymo vehicle.
This “Guide for First Responders” offers “recommended techniques for emergency situations.” It starts off by learning how to identify the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid due to the various sensors located on the roof, front, and sides of the vehicle…." Read more Hmmmm… See video. All part of the overhead that needs to be done in order to begin to scale. Alain
K. Pyle, Nov 25, "Imagine a mobility service that offers on-demand, door-to-door capability for all citizens, regardless of physical ability. Gary Miksell, Chief Innovation/Technical Officer of VTA, Silicon Valley’s transit and congestion agency, has been imagining that scenario and has begun putting the pieces in place to test such an approach in a real-world setting at the campus of the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto. Gary Miskell, Chief Innovation/Technical Officer of VTA, Silicon Valley’s transit and congestion agency, has been imagining that scenario and has begun putting the pieces in place to test such an approach in a real-world setting at the campus of the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto.
By focusing on one of the most difficult and expensive transportation challenges, paratransit, the applied research Miskell, and his team are doing could have a huge long-term impact on the way mobility services are delivered in Silicon Valley. As Miskell describes in the above interview, an on-demand shuttle would meet the customer at her home. For those people needing help, a paratransit professional would meet that person and help her launch or end the trip…." Read more Hmmmm… See video. Very interesting. Alain
K.Laing, Nov. 21, "Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday an agreement with self-driving car-vision technology developer Mobileye to create a pilot program to test the company’s products in the ice and snow on Michigan roads. Whitmer’s office said the program, which will last six months to take advantage of winter road conditions in Michigan, will involve Israeli-based Mobileye…. " Read more Hmmmm… Very nice. We need some of these initiatives to come to New Jersey. Alain
A. Rosenzwigm Nov. 25, "Teleoperation enables a human operator to control vehicles from far away. In July, Florida became the sixth state to explicitly allow autonomous vehicle companies to use remote operators.
The teleoperation case
This is what makes the Florida legislation so relevant. Now that both legislators and the AV industry understand that full autonomy isn’t as imminent as once thought, we need to find alternative solutions. That’s where teleoperation comes in…".… Excuse me!!! Teleoperation is NOT an alternative solution to "full autonomy" and should NOT be promoted as such. It is a necessary element of "full autonomy" that addresses the rare/emergency instances where "full autonomy" fails. It is not an easy way to extend the Operational Design Domain. It is only a way to address failures, crashes, and very unusual circumstances…
"… When the AV encounters an edge case it cannot negotiate, it stops and calls for a remote human operator to assist. Over a reliable network connection (based on a network bonding solution that utilizes several independent cellular connections and fuses them into one reliable connection), the operator receives all relevant information from the vehicle cameras and sensors and decides how to best resolve the edge case for the vehicle.
This can involve indirect control, such as selecting or drawing a path for the AV to execute, or direct control, such as driving the vehicle using the steering wheel and pedals at the teleoperation station.
Teleoperation combines the safety of human intervention with the scalability required for commercial deployment. …" Read more Hmmmm… Excuse me again. This is not about scalability. It is about being a responsible commercial operation which can have remote operation as one of its tools to use in extremely rare circumstances. "Teleoperation" is the wrong name for this because "operation" implies a normal process. This is to be used in abnormal/emergency situations only. At worse it should be called "teleEmergencyRecovery" or "teleFailureRecovery" or "teleFailureOperation" or ??? but it should have "emergency" or "failure" in the name to make certain that it is understood to be rarely used. Alain
Press Release, Nov. 29, "Daimler and the General Works Council have agreed on key points in order to streamline the Group structure and thus increase efficiency and flexibility. Therefore, measures to reduce costs and employment in a socially responsible manner have jointly been agreed upon. Daimler will, among other things, use natural fluctuation to reduce jobs. In addition, the possibilities for part-time retirement will be expanded and a severance program will be offered in Germany in order to reduce jobs in the administration. The implementation of this Key Points Agreement will be further developed with employee representatives in the coming weeks.
Daimler aims to cut thousands of jobs worldwide by the end of 2022. The agreed job protection in Germany until the end of 2029, which was promised and agreed upon in the spin-off of Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans and Daimler Trucks & Buses, stays untouched for Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler Truck AG…" Read more Hmmmm… 10 year job protection must mean that Daimler expects to grow substantially in those years and train its German workforce for new skills. Alain
P. Baker, Nov. 27, "I discovered the videos in January. One of the first I saw was posted by the irreverent online car magazine Jalopnik. “Dangerous Idiot Sleeps While Driving His Tesla on Autopilot,” read the headline. The cellphone-captured footage did, as promised, appear to show a man snoozing in the driver’s seat of a Tesla as it zipped along a road somewhere outside Las Vegas. And because the man was asleep, it was safe to assume that navigation was indeed being handled by the car’s onboard driving-assistance system, which is called Autopilot…
These videos are magnetic not just because of the eerie images they contain, but also because, watching them, we can’t actually be sure what we’re seeing. Is this danger or safety or both at once? Perhaps in a different era we would have cried out in excitement: How cool! Today we are more tempted to gasp in shock and call out a warning: Wake up!" Read more Hmmm… And since none of the videographers warned: Wake up!, they are fake! With this article NYT Magazine amplifies the Fake News. Moreover, the water bottle stuff was used to trick the Daimler system in 2014 before AutoPilot was even released. As with everything, there are a very few who misuse perfectly good products. 94% of car crashes have human misuse/misbehavior as a contributing cause. Alain
C’mon Man! (These folks didn’t get/read the memo)
M. Wisniewski, , Nov. 26, "With the Illinois Tollway’s permission and cooperation, Autobon’s truck will be on the road starting Monday. A driver will be behind the wheel at all times, according to Gebis.
“The driver still has full control,” Gebis said. “We want to make sure the truck isn’t weaving in the lane and it maintains a safe following distance. We want to make sure it’s very precisely driving."…The test by Autobon this week is a harbinger of something road users are going to be seeing more of in the coming decades — vehicles that are at least partially self-driving…." Read more Hmmm… Partially self-driving not near being Driverless and seemingly not focused on carrier benefits of "partially self-driving". Alain
Too many to print… StupidSummo is competing with cat videos as common click-bait.
Calendar of Upcoming Events:
evening May 19 through May 21, 2020
F. Fishkin, Nov.23, "Florida’s Autonomous Vehicle Summit shows what a state can do to create a welcoming atmosphere. That, plus, Tesla’s Cybertruck, Ford, Waymo and more in the latest Smart Driving Cars with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin.."
F. Fishkin, Nov. 16, "Tesla shows off its autonomous technology as it readies a new pick up truck. Voyage unveils Voyage Deep Driver while Nuro keeps delivering in Houston. Those and more in the latest Smart Driving Cars with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin."
F. Fishkin, Nov. 9, "Hoping for a driverless ride from Waymo? So are Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. In this edition…Waymo, more trouble at Uber, the latest at Lyft and Tesla…and more! Tune in to Smart Driving Cars and subscribe."
F. Fishkin, Nov. 1, "An updated outlook for automated vehicles…Tesla, Waymo , Ford, VW and more. Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by guests Michael Sena and Dick Mudge in the latest edition of Smart Driving Cars!"
F. Fishkin, Oct 27, "Elon Musk is telling Tesla owners that feature complete self driving is coming soon…and surprises Wall Street with a profit. And traffic deaths in the U.S. are declining. Is safety tech playing a role? Join Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for that and more.. . "
F. Fishkin, Oct 11, "Waymo advises Arizona riders that completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way. Very big news says Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser in this week’s edition of Smart Driving Cars with co-host Fred Fishkin. He adds…that they’re betting the ranch. Also…Tesla not getting great reviews for Smart Summon, NJ Transit wants to get into the autonomous picture and more. "
F. Fishkin, Oct 6, "Tesla should park that new Smart Summon feature before it does some serious harm. That’s the view of Princeton University’s Alain Kornhauser in the latest edition of the Smart Driving Cars podcast with co-host Fred Fishkin. Plus..the World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology, testing an autonomous fleet in the U.K. and more. "
F. Fishkin, Sept 19 , "From the public library in Princeton, NJ… a special edition of the Smart Driving Cars podcast following a public forum conducted by Princeton Future on the potential for transit on demand for all. Join Princeton professor Alain Kornhauser, co-host Fred Fishkin and special guests for that…plus…the latest on Waymo, Tesla, Hyundai, Aptiv and more. " Pictures from the Princeton Future Public Forum on Driverless Mobility for All.
F. Fishkin, Sept 19 , "Waymo is providing thousands of rides in California..but when will truly driverless mobility begin? That and the latest on Tesla, Uber, Lyft, GM and more in this week’s Smart Driving Cars with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. " Just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!". Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay … Alain
F. Fishkin, Aug 30 , "A J. D. Power study finds customer demand for safety technology threatened by overbearing alerts. Lead researcher Kristin Kolodge joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for that plus headlines from Tesla, NVIDIA, GM’s Cruise, Lyft and Ford. "
F. Fishkin, Aug 30 , " The indictment of former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, what Waymo’s riders have to say and the latest on Toyota, Cadillac and more in the latest Smart Driving Cars podcast with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. "
F. Fishkin, Aug 22 , "Daimler and Bosch hold a community meeting in San Jose as they ready plans for autonomous vehicle testing. Community board member Ken Pyle joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. Plus…Waymo, Tesla and more."
F. Fishkin, Aug 8 , "Uber and Lyft need driverless to have their businesses make sense. So says Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser in the latest edition of Smart Driving Cars with co-host Fred Fishkin. Plus..the latest from Tesla, Waymo and more."
F. Fishkin, Aug 1, "Congress seeks help with self driving legislation, an acquisition by Ford, a breakthrough in vehicle data sharing in Europe and more! The Dispatcher publisher, Michael Sena joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin in a new edition of Smart Driving Cars." Just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!". Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay … Alain
F. Fishkin, July 20, "Can technology dramatically improve the safety of bus transportation for pedestrians, riders and drivers? The lead investigator in a national study, Jerry Lutin, joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin on episode 116 of the Smart Driving Cars Podcast. Plus…Tesla’s new safety report, the latest from Lyft, Aptiv and a NY Times report on why driverless cars are taking longer than expected. Tune in and subscribe!."
F. Fishkin, June 9, "Should the insurance industry be pushing more safety and autonomous tech in cars? It’s a win, win says Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser. Joining him in the discussion along with co-host Fred Fishkin is NJM’s John Hardiman, a board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Also…Fiat Chrysler, Ford and more."
F. Fishkin, May 25, " The untold secrets of driverless car videos. Dr. Lance Eliot joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a liveley discussion. Plus…Waymo brings back self driving trucks, so will Daimler and is the future driverless for Uber and Lyft. Tune in and subscribe!"
F. Fishkin, May 18, "Wrapping up the 3rd annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin zero in on mobility for all and more. It’s just getting started. Plus the headlines from Nissan, Tesla, Uber and Lyft. Tune in and subscribe!"
Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 107 3rd Summit Leilei Shinohara & Staff Sergeant Terence McDonnell
F. Fishkin, May 18, "In this special edition from the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Cars Summit, Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by RoboSense VP Leilei Shinohara on the LiDAR’s benefits. And view of autonomous technology from law enforcement with New York State Police
Staff Sergeant Terence McDonnell."
F. Fishkin, May 18, "From the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, David Kidd from the Highway Loss Data Institute joins Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin and then on site preliminary research results on mobility for all with Cecilia Feeley and Andrea Lubin from Rutgers."
F. Fishkin, May 18,, "From the 3rd Annual Princeton Smart Driving Car Summit, join Professor Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. In this special edition, the summit’s focus on mobility for all with guests Anil Lewis, Executive Director of Blindness Initiatives at the National Federation of the Blind and ITN America Founder Katherine Freund."
April 5, F. Fishkin, "The success of on demand transit company Via is proving that ride sharing systems can work. Public Policy head Andrei Greenawalt joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a wide ranging discussion. Also: Uber, Tesla, Audi, Apple and Nuro are making headlines"
April 5, F. Fishkin, "Here comes congestion pricing in New York City…but what will it mean? Former city Taxi and Limousine Commission head and transportation expert Matthew Daus joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin. Also…Tesla, VW and even Brexit! All on Episode 98 of Smart Driving Cars."
March 28, F. Fishkin, "The Future Networked Car? From Sweden, The Dispatcher publisher, Michael Sena, joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for the latest edition of Smart Driving Cars. Plus …the Boeing story has much to do with autonomous vehicles and more. Tune in and subscribe."
F. Fishkin, Jan. 9, "One of the top chip makers in the world and a start up. Intel’s strategic marketing director for autonomous driving Jill Sciarappo and the founder of Jitsik, Dr. Helen Loeb join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for Episode 82 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast from CES."
F. Fishkin, Jan. 9, "How NVIDIA is paving the way for self driving cars and a new OLLI automated transport from Local Motors. NVIDIA’s Senior Director for Automotive, Danny Shapiro and Kurtis Hodge of Local Motors join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for another edition of Smart Driving Cars from CES 2019.."
F. Fishkin, Jan. 9, "From CES in Las Vegas, a new industry organization, PAVE, is formed. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education. And some founding members join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for an on site discussion. Guests include National Safety Council VP Kelly Nantel, Voyage VP Justin Erlich and National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono."
F. Fishkin, Dec. 13, "When it comes to self driving cars, Ralph Nader says "Not so fast." The renowned political activist and author takes the government and the industry to task in a super sized Episode 71 of the Smart Driving Cars Podcast. Join Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for that and more!"
F. Fishkin, Nov 29, "What will it take for driverless vehicles to become a leading form of transportation? Futurist and author Chunka Mui joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for Episode 69 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast. Plus…Waymo, GM, Amazon and more. Tune in and subscribe! "
F. Fishkin, Nov 22, "The insurance industry hears about the outlook for automated vehicles. Co-author Dick Mudge joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for Episode 68 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast. Plus…Uber, GM Cruise, Waymo, VW and more. Tune in and subscribe!"
F. Fishkin, Nov 8, "Daimler is partnering with Bosch to bring an autonomous ride hailing service to San Jose next year. In this edition, the Director of Engineering at Bosch joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin to outline how it will work. Plus Richard Bishop joins us fresh from an International Task Force on Vehicle Highway Automation in Denmark. And more!"
F. Fishkin, Nov 1, "California gives Waymo the green light for fully driverless vehicle testing on public roads and the state’s deputy director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Bernard Soriano, joins the Smart Driving Cars podcast with the no nonsense details. Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin explore that and more. Tune in and subscribe!"
F. Fishkin, Sept 22 "In this edition of the Smart Driving Cars Podcast, Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and co-host Fred Fishkin are joined by the founder of the Superbike School, Keith Code. Keith is an instructor, coach, author and researcher into motorcycle safety…and a champion racer. Beyond that….he’s an old high school friend of Alain’s! And there’s more on BMW, Apple, VW and more! . Tune in and subscribe!"
F. Fishkin, Sept 6, "The coming new world of driverless cars! In Episode 55 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast former GM VP and adviser to Waymo Larry Burns chats with Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and Fred Fishkin about his new book "Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car and How it Will Reshape Our World"